Premier League clubs could be permitted to complete the season at their own grounds following a change of heart from the authorities which would remove a major obstacle to Project Restart, Sportsmail can reveal.
It is understood that positive talks last night chaired by the Department of Culture, Media and Sports involving the police, the Sports Grounds Safety Authority and representatives from the Premier League, FA and EFL broke up with the government advising that the controversial issue of whether individual stadiums should be licenced to stage matches would a matter for local police authorities.
Sportsmail can disclose that a number of police forces have no issues with matches being played at their original venues, as long as a number of safety criteria can be met.
One of the main reasons for the Premier League initially proposing completing the season at eight neutral venues was fears over fans turning up en masse outside matches to be played behind-closed-doors. Whilst this remains a concern several clubs have pointed out that it could also be an issue at neutral grounds.
However, Sportsmail has been told that as long as clubs can provide assurances to their local constabularies that they will draft in enough stewarding resources to ensure that the two-metre social distancing guidelines are adhered to, completing the season on a home and away basis is not viewed as an insurmountable obstacle.